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Chinese New Year’s – The Chinese Zodiac

 

Chinese New Year’s is almost upon us.  As yet another public service to our loyal followers, The Chinese Quest is presenting a series of articles to maximize your understanding and your enjoyment of this most joyous of holiday celebrations, which we will present during the week leading up to Chinese New Year’s Day.  We will help you learn the customs of the holiday, what to eat, where to eat, and how to celebrate like you were born Chinese (unless, of course you were, in that case, we hope is true to your culture… if not, please let us know in the comments below!).

12 Chinese Zodiac Animals PlacematEach year in the Chinese calendar is represented by an Animal.  These animals form the 12 zodiac signs of the Chinese calendar.  On February 8, 2016, we will celebrate “The Year of the Monkey”.  But more on that as we get closer to Chinese New Year’s Day!

So, let’s start this series off by reprinting an article that we published a few years ago, which was written for us by Bernadette King of BuildingBeautifulSouls.com

The 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs and Their Dates

Curious about your Chinese Zodiac Sign and the traits, personality and characteristics associated with it? Use the chart below to find your sign and click on it to read all about your sign!

AnimalYear (Gregorian calendar)Personality characteristics
PIG
  • Feb 8,1959 – Jan 27, 1960
  • Jan 27, 1971 – Feb 14, 1972
  • Feb 13, 1983 – Feb 1, 1984
  • Jan 31, 1995 – Feb 18, 1996
  • Feb 18, 2007 – Feb 6, 2008
  • Feb 5, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020
  • Jan 23, 2031 – Feb 10, 2032
Sincere, tolerant, hard-working, honest, optimistic
RAT
  • Feb 10, 1948 – Jan 28, 1949
  • Jan 28, 1960 – Feb 14, 1961
  • Feb 15, 1972 – Feb 2, 1973
  • Feb 2, 1984 – Feb 19, 1985
  • Feb 19, 1996 – Feb 6, 1997
  • Feb 7, 2008 – Jan 25, 2009
  • Jan 25, 2020 – Feb 11, 2021
Imaginative, generous, successful, popular, curious
OX
  • Jan 29, 1949 – Feb 16, 1950
  • Feb 15, 1961 – Feb 4, 1962
  • Feb 3, 1973 – Jan 22, 1974
  • Feb 20, 1985 – Feb 8, 1986
  • Feb 7, 1997 – Jan 27, 1998
  • Jan 26, 2009 – Feb 13, 2010
  • Feb 12, 2021 – Jan 31, 2022
Confident, honest, patient, conservative, strong
TIGER
  • Feb 17, 1950 – Feb 5, 1951
  • Feb 5, 1962 – Jan 24, 1963
  • Jan 23, 1974 – Feb 10, 1975
  • Feb 9, 1986 – Jan 28, 1987
  • Jan 28, 1998 – Feb 15, 1999
  • Feb 14, 2010 – Feb 2, 2011
  • Feb 1, 2022 – Jan 21, 2023
Sensitive, tolerant, brave, active, resilient
RABBIT
  • Feb 6, 1951 – Jan 26, 1952
  • Jan 25, 1963 – Feb 12, 1964
  • Feb 11, 1975 – Jan 30, 1976
  • Jan 29, 1987 – Feb 16, 1988
  • Feb 16, 1999 – Feb 4, 2000
  • Feb 3, 2011 – Jan 22, 2012
  • Jan 22, 2023 – Feb 9, 2024
Affectionate, kind, gentle, compassionate, merciful
DRAGON
  • Jan 27, 1952 – Feb 13, 1953
  • Feb 13, 1964 – Feb 1, 1965
  • Jan 31, 1976 – Feb 17, 1977
  • Feb 17, 1988 – Feb 5, 1989
  • Feb 5, 2000 – Jan 23, 2001
  • Jan 23, 2012 – Feb 9, 2013
  • Feb 10, 2024 – Jan 28, 2025
Enthusiastic, intelligent, lively, energetic, innovative
SNAKE
  • Feb 14, 1953 – Feb 2, 1954
  • Feb 2, 1965 – Jan 20, 1966
  • Feb 18, 1977 – Feb 6, 1978
  • Feb 6, 1989 – Jan 26, 1990
  • Jan 24, 2001 – Feb 11, 2002
  • Feb 10, 2013 – Jan 30, 2014
  • Jan 29, 2025 – Feb 16, 2026
Charming, intuitive, romantic, highly perceptive, polite
HORSE
  • Feb 3, 1954 – Jan 23, 1955
  • Jan 21, 1966 – Feb 8, 1967
  • Feb 7, 1978 – Jan 27, 1979
  • Jan 27, 1990 – Feb 14, 1991
  • Feb 12, 2002 – Jan 31, 2003
  • Jan 31, 2014 – Feb 18, 2015
  • Feb 17, 2026 – Feb 5, 2027
Diligent, friendly, sophisticated, talented, clever
SHEEP
  • Jan 24, 1955 – Feb 11, 1956
  • Feb 9, 1967 – Jan 29, 1968
  • Jan 28, 1979 – Feb 15, 1980
  • Feb 15, 1991 – Feb 3, 1992
  • Feb 1, 2003 – Jan 21, 2004
  • Feb 19, 2015 – Feb 7, 2016
  • Feb 6, 2027 – Jan 25, 2028
Artistic, calm, reserved, happy, kind
MONKEY
  • Feb 12, 1956 – Jan 30, 1957
  • Jan 30, 1968 – Feb 16, 1969
  • Feb 16, 1980 – Feb 4, 1981
  • Feb 4, 1992 – Jan 22, 1993
  • Jan 22, 2004 – Feb 8, 2005
  • Feb 8, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017
  • Jan 26, 2028 – Feb 12, 2029
Witty, lively, flexible, humorous, curious
ROOSTER
  • Jan 31, 1957 – Feb 17, 1958
  • Feb 17, 1969 – Feb 5, 1970
  • Feb 5, 1981 – Jan 24, 1982
  • Jan 23, 1993 – Feb 9, 1994
  • Feb 9, 2005 – Jan 28, 2006
  • Jan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018
  • Feb 13, 2029 – Feb 2, 2030
Shrewd, honest, communicative, motivated, punctual
DOG
  • Feb 18, 1958 – Feb 8, 1959
  • Feb 6, 1970 – Jan 26, 1971
  • Jan 25, 1982 – Feb 12, 1983
  • Feb 10 1994 – Jan 30, 1995
  • Jan 29, 2006 – Feb 17, 2007
  • Feb 16, 2018 – Feb 4, 2019
  • Feb 3, 2030 – Jan 22, 2031
Loyal, honest, responsible, courageous, warm-hearted

So nu?  What animal are you?

Check back soon for our next installment in our series of articles about Chinese New Year’s.

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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4 comments

  1. The Chinese Quest

    2016 is the Chinese ‘Year of the Monkey’. Who’s a Monkey? I’m a Rooster.

  2. I’m a Rooster. How about you?

    Any Monkey’s out there?
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